TGI Fail!

You visit certain restaurants because they evoke warm memories of the good times you spent there, even if you had visited their outlet in some other city. That is how Kuki Ravindran felt about TGI Friday’s and landed at the Ramee Mall outpost. But her experience there was marred with insipid food and vapid service, making her wonder whether nostalgia was worth the effort.

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Garhwali Cuisine

How many stars can you count when you look up at the sky from your city homes late in the night? 6? 7? 10? Jyotsana Baurau Bedi could count 100s when lying on a charpoi in her village home up in the hills of Pauri Garhwal. Waking up to the smell of wood burning in her mitti ka chulha (earthen stove), the simple dal-chawal tasted so much different and tastier than when she ate it in Delhi. Was the clean air and fresh water of Garhwal’s hills infusing it with some magic? Or was she just being lyrical, in the midst of towering mountains or majestic trees?

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HOT ON THE BIRYANI TRAIL

From ‘Tunday Kababi’ to ‘Dastarkhwan’, from ‘Idrish Biryani’ to ‘Wahid Biryani’ and ‘Mubeen’s’, walk into any street of Lucknow and you will be greeted with kebab and biryani outlets. Each claim they are better than the others and boast a lineage that can even have the nawabs of the city wonder about their ancestry, discovers Poorna Banerjee!

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